Xanax Ingredients: Includes GMOs, Artificial Coloring and More

Xanax Ingredients:  Do We Need the Same "Due Diligence" of Investigating as We Do With Food?

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​Would it surprise you to learn that the ingredients in Xanax includes GMOs or artificial coloring?

What happens when someone is sensitive to GMOs, artificial coloring and food dyes and other additives when they take prescribed medications?  What does the interaction between these "chemical additives" do when combined with prescribed drugs?  Does it set the person up for an allergic reaction?

​Xanax, a popular drug has many negative side effects.  For example, many of these mass shooters were taking Xanax at the time of their heinous acts.  http://www.naturalnews.com/045571_Xanax_mass_shootings_psychiatric_drugs.html.

We need to do more investigation and "rethink" how we take prescription drugs.  For example, should prescription drugs be the last resort instead of the first thing we do in treating a condition?

You might find this article published by Natural News thought provoking:

Xanax made with GMOs, allergens and artificial coloring chemicals
July 14, 2014 by Aurora Gelb of NaturalNews.com

Just like nearly every other drug, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax contains fillers and additives that are listed as "inactive" ingredients, but which actually can pose significant health risks. The only way to avoid ingesting those potentially dangerous chemicals and compounds is to avoid taking the medications.

But does that mean you have to suffer with anxiety and panic disorder? Not at all. There's an alternative treatment which can be just as effective as Xanax, but which has none of the potential side effects and risks associated with the drug and its active and inactive ingredients. First, let's look at the "inactive" ingredients in Xanax.

Although alprazolam is listed as the primary or active ingredient, Xanax is made with GMOs, allergens and other ingredients that can cause health problems and reactions in many people. Here's an overview of some of the "inactive" ingredients lurking in a Xanax tablet:

  • Lactose: About a third of the population is lactose intolerant, and many more have low levels of lactase, the enzyme needed to properly digest lactose. People who are lactose intolerant may experience intestinal gas, bloating, stomach pain and cramps, diarrhea and even vomiting. (1)
  • Corn starch: Almost 90 percent of corn grown in the U.S. is genetically modified, injected with foreign DNA that helps plants tolerate higher levels of pesticides and herbicides, among other modifications. (2) Genetically modified crops are a relatively new invention, and therefore, their health risks have not been fully studied over a long period. Many scientists worry that the addition of new genetic material could cause health effects ranging from allergic reactions to more serious issues affecting the immune system, digestion or organ health. In addition, corn starch can become contaminated with gluten during manufacturing and production, increasing the risk of reaction among people with celiac disease and those with gluten sensitivity. (3)

Read more at: http://www.naturalnews.com/045998_Xanax_GMOs_ingredients.html#ixzz37gopHa5N

Food Inflation, Now Wood Food Fillers

Food Inflation, Now Wood Food Fillers:  It’s not just Your Health.  When Does it Become Misrepresentation/Food Fraud?

As you know I get very “worked up” about knowing what is in my food:  Is it GMO? Does it contain MSG? Hidden Msg? Aspartame?  What is the food formula or food ingredients?  Is it what I call “Chemical Food”?

I wrote about Food Fraud last year that many seafood are not what they are represented to be.

But what if they reformulate, do not tell you, but have a small ingredients label on the product and don’t translate the “foodese” (or food chemical language, akin to my profession having legalese)?

Do you think that this is misrepresentation or just caveat emptor (“buyer beware”)? 

Is it ethical conduct by the food industry?  (Note:  Sometimes things can be “legal” but that does NOT mean that it is “ethical”.)

Isn’t it a sad state of affairs that when you go grocery store shopping, week after week, that the situation is getting so out of hand (increasing probably more than we realize) that you just can’t trust that the product is still the same but have to read each item and each label every visit? If you think grocery stores are the only ones that do this, think again.  Restaurant chains, including the fast food industry, has wood fillers in their products.

Why are we supporting this kind system with our dollars?

This is one of the reasons that I buy extremely little from the traditional grocery stores and use Thrive.  But if you don’t use Thrive, why don’t you find a food co-op or a local farmer and buy as much of your food from them?

The point is GET OUT OF THE FOOD PROCESSING DISTRIBUTION CHAIN!!!!  It’s become more of a big business food purchase and supply chain than it is a consumer market or service.

How much do they really care about you?  The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association fights tooth and nail to keep you from knowing what their members have put in your food.  If they had healthy products, they would not care if you knew.  In fact, they would spend money conducting public information campaigns to tell you what is in your food.

Instead, they press ahead using dirty tactics, i.e., Washington State and California food labeling referendum, trying to discourage you from knowing what is in your food.

It’s sick.  And we consumers must vote with our dollars and get out of this system ASAP!

 

How Fast Food Providers Beat Inflation – Add Wood Pulp To Burgers

By Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge.com

Who knew wood could taste this good. QZ.com/Photo Reuters/Molly Riley

On Monday, Quartz published an article by Devin Cohen titled, There is a Secret Ingredient in Your Burgers: Wood Pulp. Given the headline and people’s already present suspicion regarding all of the shady and potentially dangerous ingredients hidden in food items, the article gained a lot of traction. In subsequent days, most journalists and bloggers have focused on the dangers of this additive (unclear) and whether or not it is pervasive throughout the food chain as opposed to just fast food (it appears to be).

The one angle that has not been explored as much is the overall trend. Let’s go ahead and assume that wood pulp is a safe thing to consume, it certainly seems to have no nutritional value whatsoever. So why are companies inserting it into food items? To mask inflation and earn more profits most likely. This was a major theme I focused on last year in a series of pieces on stealth inflation and food fraud, a couple of which can be read below:

New Study Shows 59% of “Tuna” Sold in the U.S. Isn’t Tuna

New Study Shows: Food Fraud Soared 60% Last Year

The Quartz article notes that:

There may be more fiber in your food than you realized. Burger King, McDonald’s and other fast food companies list in the ingredients of several of their foods, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) or “powdered cellulose” as components of their menu items. Or, in plain English, wood pulp.

The emulsion-stabilizing, cling-improving, anti-caking substance operates under multiple aliases, ranging from powdered cellulose to cellulose powder to methylcellulose to cellulose gum. The entrance of this non-absorbable fiber into fast food ingredients has been stealthy, yet widespread: The compound can now be found in buns, cheeses, sauces, cakes, shakes, rolls, fries, onion rings, smoothies, meats—basically everything.

The cost effectiveness of this filler has pushed many chains to use progressively less chicken in their “chicken” and cream in their “ice cream.”

This is the part that really interests me. When did these companies first introduce this substance into their products and what is the growth trend? My guess is that as food costs have risen, the proportion of non-nutritonal fillers has increased substantially. That said, I’d like to see some data and I haven’t yet.

My big takeaway here is the same as last year’s when I first started writing about the trend. As the cost of food continues to rise, the cost of not paying attention to what you are eating rises exponentially. Companies will continue to try to mask inflation by shrinking package sizes, and when that is no longer possible, increasingly inserting empty fillers (or worse) into their products.

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Monsanto in Europe: Consumers Won This Battle in the War

Monsanto in Europe:  Consumers Won This Battle in the War

This weekend at an expo I was talking with a customer about the Monsanto problem.  He thought that GMOs would remain because of the greed and power of Monsanto.
 
I politely disagreed with him.  Monsanto and minions may have won the battle in California but they will lose this war.
 
All it takes is people voting with their dollars on their health at the traditional grocery store rejecting any product with a GMO ingredient.
 
Grocery stores had better wake up because approximately 80% of their food products contain one or more genetically modified ingredients.
 
As customers learn more about which plants are potentially GMO and read the labels, they will start rejecting foods with those items unless they have been non-GMO verified or organic.
 
The surrender of Europe by Monsanto is just the first wall to fall.  Monsanto is saving its resources for the next battle and trying to reduce the wrath they’ve stirred in Europe.
 
So keep voting on your health with your dollars by avoiding GMO foods.  Probably in 10 years or less if we stay persistent consumers will win this war and regain control over their food.
 
Think about it!  It’s exciting!–No Name Attorney
 
 

Lobbying And GMO Giant Monsanto Buckles In Europe

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 6:49PM

The “March Against Monsanto” in 52 countries, an unapproved strain of its genetically modified wheat growing on its own in Oregon, cancelled wheat export orders…. A rough week for Monsanto.

But now it threw in the towel in Europe – where its genetically modified seeds have faced stiff resistance at every twist and turn. Even its deep corporate pockets and mastery of lobbying have failed: “It’s counterproductive to fight against windmills,” its spokesman told the Tageszeitung.

The propitious week started last Saturday with the “March Against Monsanto,” when people in over 400 cities in 52 countries protested against the company, its influence over governments, and its GMO seeds. Much of it was focused on the mundane issue of labeling. Protesters wanted GMO ingredients in food to show up on the label, just like fat or protein. A simple solution to the controversy: let consumers decide.

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GMO Wheat: Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon, Other States Possible

GMO Wheat:  Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Oregon, Other States Possible

If you’re a farmer or know one that grows wheat, you need to have your crops tested as to whether they’ve been cross-contaminated.  If you have some of your seed left from planting this year’s crop, have it tested.

Monsanto bullies farmers who experience cross contamination, when Monsanto patented seeds spread to non-GMO crops, with litigation.  They are the legal bully of all bullies.  For more see Seed Giants v. U. S. Farmers report.

If Monsanto or its agents come to you asking you (or threatening you if you don’t) to plant their seeds and use their Round-up (glyophosate) at low costs (remember this is initially but is not long term), do not sign that agreement without getting skilled, independent counsel, who is knowledgable in agricultural law and litigation.

Why?  Because these seeds apparently were not government approved but were experiments.  As such it may turn out Monsanto violated the law.  Also, Monsanto appears negligent in containing their experiment.  They are responsible for the cross-contamination unless the government exempted them from liability (which is unlikely with an experiment). 

Wheat farmers are going to take a financial beating for this cross-contamination this year as contaminated exports are already starting to get rejected.

If a farmer signs any Monsanto agreement on seeds, etc., trust me, in that agreement you will waive your rights to sue for damages plus that agreement will shift the litigation damages and expenses to you.   The later is standard protoccol in their patented seed agreements.

Instead, farmers should see whether their crops have been contaminated, and if so, document their damages, and get legal counsel.

Farmers might want to contact the Center For Food Safety’s in-house counsel and Executive Director, Andrew Kimball, for a referral to an independent, seasoned agricultural law attorney.  The Center for Food Safety’s phone number is (202) 547-9359.

I suspect a mother of all class action lawsuits awaits Monsanto.  This is one the farmers should address in the courts so they can be fairly compensated.

–No Name Attorney

GMO genetic pollution alert: Genetically engineered wheat escapes experimental  fields planted across 16 states

Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) The genetic apocalypse we’ve been warning about for years may have  already begun. The USDA just announced they found a significant amount of genetically engineered wheat growing in farm fields in Oregon. As the USDA  announced yesterday, “…test results of plant samples from an Oregon farm  indicate the presence of genetically engineered (GE) glyphosate-resistant wheat  plants.”Why is this a big deal? Because GE wheat has never been approved  for commercialization or sale. These strains of GE wheat escaped from GMO  field experiments conducted across 16 states by Monsanto from 1998 to 2005.  As the USDA states, “Further testing by USDA laboratories indicates the presence  of the same GE glyphosate-resistant wheat variety that Monsanto was authorized  to field test in 16 states from 1998 to 2005.”And that means genetic  pollution is already out of control. The GE wheat for which Monsanto claims  patent ownership is now invading farms that never planted GE wheat.

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Dr. William Davis: The Modern Wheat Is the Perfect Chronic Poison

Dr. William Davis: The Modern Wheat Is the Perfect Chronic Poison

Look at this short video interview of Dr. William Davis about modern wheat.  He says it is actually more toxic to you than GMOs.  If that is true, things are really, really bad.

I’ve been avoiding wheat for a long time.  No crackers, bread, rolls, croutons, etc.  I try hard to buy gluten free foods.  The only time I get wheat is when I eat out a hamburger with friends or have an occasional piece of cake or brownies.  I guess now I will stop eating those too.

Do you realize that this could stop within one growing season if our food processing companies would demand wheat without gladin?  Why do we support these food processing companies, which apparently care more about their profits than their customers’ health?  Whether we like it or not, our purchases of food (and who we purchase from) either support our health or contribute to our illnesses.

Next time you go to the grocery store, read the labels and think before you purchase.–No Name Attorney

Natasha Longo, 5/22/2013

Modern Wheat Is The ‘Perfect Chronic Poison’ Says Expert

The world’s most popular grain is also the deadliest for the human metabolism. Modern wheat isn’t really wheat at all and is a “perfect, chronic poison,” according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist, author and leading expert on wheat.

Approximately 700 million tons of wheat are now cultivated worldwide   making it the second most-produced grain after  maize.  It is grown on   more land area than any other commerical crop and is considered a staple   food for humans.

At some point in our history, this ancient grain  was nutritious in some respects, however modern wheat really isn’t wheat at all.   Once  agribusiness took over to  develop a higher-yielding     crop,   wheat became hybridized to such an extent that it has been completely   transformed from it’s prehistorical genetic configuration. All nutrient   content of modern wheat depreciated more than 30% in its natural   unrefined state compared to its ancestral genetic line. The balance and   ratio that mother nature created for  wheat was also modified and  human   digestion and physiology could simply could not adapt quick enough to   the changes.

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Food Imported From China: Are a Few Pennies of Savings Worth the Risk?

Food Imported From China:  Are a Few Pennies of Savings Worth the Risk?

I am posting a series of articles that Mike Adams and Natural News has done on food and other associated health products that we import from China.

Mike is right about the lack of inspections by the FDA on imported food.  My own research shows that imported foods may at best have a 2% chance of being inspected.  Businesses that import foods cannot rely the FDA to assure them that imported foods are safe.

As someone who teaches Business Law to MBA students, companies who import from China do not really appreciate the higher risk of liability that comes from importing Chinese goods.

In a products liability action, even if the reseller exercised some “due diligence” by doing quality control testing on goods imported from China, should the consumer purchaser be injured it will be the reseller and anyone in the supply chain that will be held liable.  The law, jury and judges do not care that the culprit is an ocean away from the courtroom.  And let’s see how successful a U.S. company will be in getting the Chinese manufacturer to reimburse them for their settlements and jury awards to US consumers, much less their court costs and expensive attorneys fees.

Is saving a few pennies or even dollars per item worth that risk?

Think about it–No Name Attorney

Not Even Good Enough for Dog Food:  Imported Food From China Loaded With Chemicals, Dyes, Pesticides and Fake Ingredients

By Mike Adams

May 10, 2013

(NaturalNews) Do you really know what’s in all the food you’re eating that’s  imported from China? If you don’t, you’re actually in good company: The FDA only  inspects 1% – 2% of all the food imported from China, so they don’t know either.  Even when they inspect a shipment, they rarely test it for heavy metals,  pesticides, PCBs or other toxic contaminants.

Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm  Policy Analyst at The  Cornucopia Institute, added emphasis to this point as he testified this week  in The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and  Emerging Threats, saying, “We don’t trust, for good reason, the Chinese to  supply ingredients for our dog and cat food. Why should we trust Chinese  exporters for the food that we are feeding our children and  families?”

It’s a good question. Especially when, as Kastel adds, Chinese  food is being routinely found to contain “unapproved chemicals, dyes, pesticides  and outright fraud (fake food).”

Heavily contaminated food from China

As Natural  News has already reported, food from China is frequently found to contain  alarming levels of heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury) and other  contaminants. Politically, China is a communist dictatorship where freedom of  speech is completely outlawed. Environmental regulations are virtually never  enforced. The culture is one of total deception where lying, cheating, stealing  or committing fraud to get ahead is considered completely acceptable — because  that’s how government is operated there. The moral decay of China  is directly reflected in the alarming dishonesty of the food supply. (Yes, a  country’s food exports will reflect its cultural and political philosophies.  Freedom produces healthy food. Oppression and communism produces deceptive,  deadly food.)

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Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Obama Signs Monsanto Protection Act: Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Does this really surprise you? 

If you go back and do your homework both Republican and Democrat administrations have had several former Monsanto minions in key government positions.

Obama campaigned that he would support national food labeling of whether GMOs were in the food product.  Has that occurred?  One of the most telling actions by Obama was appointing Michael Taylor, former Monsanto attorney and VP of Public Relations again to the FDA.  It was Michael Taylor, when Bill Clinton appointed him to the FDA, who gave us GMOs without proper studies.  Just take your pen, do some editing by using the “like or similar” language so his former boss could bystep the traditional testing process.

With this growing merger between state and mega corporations being in the same bed, never listen to a politican’s words.  Look at his or her track record. 

Every Senator or Congressman who supported the Monsanto Protection Act should be voted out of office, regardless of their track record on other issues.  If Monsanto can influence them, then how can you trust them to support consumers on any issue?

Think about it!–No Name Attorney

Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ written by Monsanto-sponsored senator

 RT, March 28,2013                                                                    

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President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowsky)

 United States President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation.

On Tuesday, Pres. Obama inked his name to H.R. 933, a continuing resolution spending bill approved in Congress days earlier. Buried 78 pages within the bill exists a provision that grossly protects biotech corporations such as the California-based Monsanto Company from litigation.

With the president’s signature, agriculture giants that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds are given the go-ahead to continue to plant and sell man-made crops, even as questions remain largely unanswered about the health risks these types of products pose to consumers.

In light of approval from the House and Senate, more than 250,000 people signed a petition asking the president to veto the spending bill over the biotech rider tacked on, an item that has since been widely referred to as the “Monsanto Protection Act.”

“But Obama ignored [the petition],” IB Times’ Connor Sheets writes, “instead choosing to sign a bill that effectively bars federal courts from being able to halt the sale or planting of GMO or GE crops and seeds, no matter what health consequences from the consumption of these products may come to light in the future.”

James Brumley, a reporter for Investor Place, explains a little more thoroughly just how dangerous the rider is now that biotech companies are allowed to bypass judicial scrutiny. Up until it was signed, he writes, “the USDA [US Department of Agriculture] oversaw and approved (or denied) the testing of genetically modified seeds, while the federal courts retained the authority to halt the testing or sale of these plants if it felt that public health was being jeopardized. With HR 933 now a law, however, the court system no longer has the right to step in and protect the consumer.”

If the president’s signature isn’t all that surprising, though, consider the genesis of the bill itself. According to an article published Monday in the New York Daily News, US Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) “worked with Monsanto to craft the language in the bill.”

 Sen. Blunt defended his bill to the News, shrugging off suggestions that it set a startling precedent that will affect all US agriculture by firing back, “What it says is if you plant a crop that is legal to plant when you plant it, you get to harvest it. But it is only a one-year protection in that bill.”

One year could be all it takes to cause catastrophic damage to the environment by allowing laboratory-produced organisms to be planted into the earth without oversight. Under the Monsanto Protection Act, health concerns that arise in the immediate future involving the planting of GMO crops won’t be able to be heard by a judge. Blunt, a junior senator that has held elected office since the late ‘90s, has good reason to whitewash the very bill he helped craft. The Center for Responsive Politics notes that Sen. Blunt received $64,250 from Monsanto to go towards his campaign committee between 2008 and 2012. The Money Monocle website adds that Blunt has been the largest Republican Party recipient of Monsanto funding as of late.

On the lawmaker’s official website, a statement explains a little more as to why he favored HR 933 and the rider within it.

“As the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, Senator Blunt played a vital role in writing the fiscal year 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill. This legislation maintained vital support for research and extension at land grant universities, capacity building grants for non-land grant colleges of agriculture, and competitive funding under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). The bill also included funding for conservation activities, housing and business loan programs for rural communities, domestic and international nutrition programs.”

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Time to Call Senators: Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act

Time to Call Senators:  Speak Out Against Monsanto Protection Act

The Monsanto Protection Act is in both houses of Congress.  Monsanto supporters put the provision as a rider on pending Appropriations legislation.  This rider, which could become legislation with a positive vote, puts Monsanto above the law.  The judicial system would lose its power to question or rule on their activities when they violate regulatory provisions or statutes in introducing new GMOs into the marketplace.

You and I have to obey traffic laws, criminal laws, civil laws, etc. or we face penalties, judgments or possibly incarceration.  Can you explain to me why a special sub-segment of an industry should not face what we face?  Is that fairness or justice?

Apparently the vote in the Senate for what’s been labeled the Monsanto Protection Act will happen on next Wednesday, March 27, 2013.  Please contact your two Senators and tell them you want them to support the Tester Amendment 74 regarding the Monsanto Rider.

If you think your phone call is a waste of time, you’re wrong!  In the early portion of my career I worked in two Congressmen’s offices.  Congressional staff members collect number of phone calls on pending legislation (support or against) and report them to their boss.

Here is a list of all U. S. Senators, their state and phone numbers:  U.S. Senator Phone Directory.  If you want to be effective, then only call the Senators from your state.  Even if you can get though to the staff of the other Senators, they probably will count your call in their talley.  –No Name Attorney

 

Action Alert:  We Have 1 Week Or Less to Stop Genetically Engineered Foods and Destruction of the Separation of Powers

Posted on March 20, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog

 Do We Have a Right to Know If Our Food Has Been Genetically Modified?Painting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com.

Bill Would Strip Courts of Power … And Push Genetically Modified Foods Onto Our Plates

America has been decimated by the breakdown of the separation of powers between different branches of government. For example, the executive branch is negotiating laws in secret – and grabbing powers – without telling Congress.And life-and-death decisions about who the government labels an “enemy combatant” and assassinates are being kept away from the judges altogether.At the same time, government agencies like the FDA go to great lengths to cover up the potential health damage from genetically modified foods, and to keep the consumer in the dark about what they’re really eating.

Remember, genetically engineered foods have been linked to obesity, cancer, liver failure, infertility and all sorts of other diseases (brief, must-watch videos here and here).Things are about to get a lot worse within the next week … unless we stand up and say “NO!”Specifically, a law has been snuck into the Agriculture Appropriations bill – which will be approved by March 27th – which would destroy the separation of powers by stripping courts of the power to challenge genetically modified foods.How?The “Monsanto Rider” (section 735) uses “farmer-friendly” happy talk, but is an iron-fisted ploy to allow GMO crops to be planted even if a court has ruled that planting them is illegal.If the United States Department of Agriculture – which suffered “regulatory capture” by the big food companies decades ago – approves a genetically modified food without any testing, a court can enjoin (i.e. halt) production of that food until testing occurs.Yet the Monsanto Rider would strip the courts of power, and would allow GMO crops to be planted and put in our food … no matter what a judge has ruled.As the Weston Price Foundation notes:

If a GMO crop approval was shown to violate the law and require further analysis of its harmful impacts (as several courts have concluded in recent years, for example with GMO alfalfa and GMO sugar beets) this provision would override any court-mandated caution and allow continued planting and commercialization while further review takes place.Here’s a good summary of the bill.

Learn to Read Food Labels

Major food companies import food from China.  Did you know many of the mandarin oranges are grown in China?  Research and you will find many issues with Chinese agricultural practices and government practices that condone or attempt to hide the issues. Dole Mandarin Oranges come from China.  Does that motivate you to go purchase this product?

 

This past weekend I gave a talk (with Q & A’s from the audience–love those! :)) about how to read food labels.  (BTW if your group would like me to speak about this issue, food politics, etc. just send me an email to thrive@northstate.net and we’ll discuss it.)

Unfortunately still too many people do not understand the issues about genetically modified (GMO) or genetically engineered (GE) foods, MSG, “hidden MSG”, aspartame or rbgh and rbst.

Just as important as those issues is the origin of the country where the foods are grown.  Let’s face it, some countries have better agricultural practices than others.  I know that I want to avoid as much as possible all imported foods from China or Southeast Asia.  Beyond their questionable agricultural practices, government corruption and history of contaminated food, I try my best to avoid buying products from China.  Our nation owes them too much money and some day we are going to get a much nastier boomerang than we are currently experiencing from this foreign trade imbalance.

I came across this article that has a basic explanation of the “organic” labeling program with some links for research.  I hope it conveys one reason why reading your food labels are important for your health and your purse!  –No Name Attorney

Organic Labels Come in Different Shapes and Sizes

Organic labels and their cousins abound. Here’s a look at some of the most  important labels consumers will see in grocery stores.

By Brian Clark Howard

Labeling may not seem like a particularly exciting topic, but it is extremely  important to those with nut allergies, diabetics and those busy people  everywhere who rely on labels to know what’s inside the foods they eat. Consider  the heated controversy over whether genetically engineered foods should be  explicitly labeled, or the ongoing fight over country-of-origin seals and how  that relates to recent scares over food imported from China.  When it comes to the much-touted word “organic,” there is much at stake. Not  only is the sector the fastest growing in the food industry, but also advocates  are positioning organics as a great hope in the battle to protect the  environment from the ravages of industrial agriculture and even oil-fueled  climate change. There are perhaps as many detailed definitions of “organic” as  there are farmers, chefs and consumers. But here are some of the most important  labels:

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Going Gluten Free

Going Gluten Free

Should you go gluten free?  This is the debate because there is a growing trend of consumers eliminating gluten from their diet.  It’s not just individuals who have Celiac Disease that are trying to eliminate gluten from their diet.  There are many who have a sensitivity to gluten.

I am posting this article from Fox News by Tanya Zuckerbrot below which discusses the current debate.  My question to the dietician is wouldn’t our health be better off without all the bread, pasta, and desserts?  These types of foods tend to also be high in sugar and carbohydrates.  They’re a source of weight gain independent of the bloating issues.

In layman’s language, an analogy of gluten, one could argue, would be food glue or a thickener.  Don’t we need to have our gastrointestinal “plumbing” flushed and flowing?  Do we need to add one more potential inflammatory to our gastrointestinal system?

Remember, our gastrointestinal system houses about 80% of our immune system.

Do your own research about gluten and decide whether you want to try going gluten free to see if you feel better.  Discuss gluten with your physician especially if you are suffering from any chronic conditions to see if gluten could be contributing to your illness.  Ask your physician about whether you should experiment with a gluten free diet.  No Name Atty

Addendum:  Those who have Celiac Disease or desire a more gluten free diet, Thrive does have over 100 certified gluten free foods.

Should you go gluten-free?

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Published December 02, 2012

FoxNews.com

It’s not often that a serious medical condition sparks a dieting fad. Such is  the case with the gluten-free craze. Sufferers of Celiac Disease, an autoimmune  digestive disease, absolutely must avoid foods containing gluten, but somehow  gluten-free has caught on with non-sufferers who think cutting out gluten will  help them eat better or lose weight. It won’t necessarily do either, yet right  now there are loads of gluten-free products being marketed to the general  population that suggest they can. Even Domino’s Pizza is on the bandwagon with  gluten-free pizza crust, although the company’s website cautions that it is not  recommended for true Celiac suffers!

Perhaps you have been considered going gluten-free?  Before you stop  eating breads, pastas and cereals let’s look at the facts about gluten, Celiac,  gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity.

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